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The first time my baby laughed was being lifted up and down in someone's arms, being bounced very high, up and down. For a long time this is the only way she would laugh at all, and as you can imagine, this was very tiring (even if it was a good arm work out)
We saw the Lindam door bouncer and decided it would be perfect for her to have a good jump and a giggle without the expense of our arms all the time!
The door bouncer can be used from 3 months, as long as the baby is tall enough, and has good head control on their own.
The bouncer is very easy to put up. You clip it onto the door frame with a very tight-spring clasp, there is no need for any DIY or changes to your current arrangements. The baby clips into a nappy-like seat and the height can be adjusted to ensure your babies' feed are correctly touching the floor (you don't want them swinging from the door frame!!)
The first time my daughter was put in she needed a little encouragement, and a few assisted bounces, but she soon got the hang of it and enjoyed it very much!
I have quite small door frames so she is always supervised when using the door bouncer, but no matter what size frame you have, babies should always be supervised in this kind of device.
A safety note - please make sure you give the door bouncer a good tug before you put baby in, firstly to check the bouncer is secure, and secondly to check your door frame can handle the strain!
Lindam Door Bouncer:
I had one of these when my daughter was small and was therefore happy to buy her one for her own children:
Nothing can prepare you for the lack of time having a young baby leaves you, they are lovely and wonderful to have, but oh, sometimes you just cry out for some "me" time or a chance to do the ironing etc. Mums with babies that sleep well and so on don't realise how lucky they are. It is then possible to plan your day and get on with things like housework and having a nice soak in the bath.
For those less fortunate there are items such as the Lindam Door Bouncer - items that keep your precious baby safe, whilst allowing him/her to be active and occupied. Lindam is a long standing and well known brand for a huge range of baby products and their range is widely available new, of course it is also possible to purchase a lot of useful things used on sites such as eBay. I mention this because my original version came via an advertiser known as the Friday Ad. The one I bought for my daughter however was bought new from Argos. And cost me just £19.99 via the click and collect service.
Packaging and unpacking:
The bouncer is packaged in a cardboard box of approximately 40 x 20cm featuring a picture of a baby similar to that shown by Dooyoo. The box features the Lindam name prominently and is clearly marked that the bouncer is suitable for babies up to 12kg, that it is well tested by "one million bounces" and is machine washeable at thirty degrees.
Inside the Box:
The fabric seat/baby holder
Metal framework and workings
Door Frame Clamps
The clamp is easy to fit to the door frame and is reassuringly strong and secure. The bouncer is designed to clamp easily to most internal door frames to be safe and secure, the comprehensive guidelines advise that walls must be at least 10cm thick but not more than 17cm thick. The clamp should only be attached to permanent, secure architrave at least 1.5cm wide on each side. Sound and essential advise.
The clamp fixes to the door frame and the large strong spring mechanism that acts as a joiner for the clamp and the coat hanger style frame and is adjustable to alter the height, which is great as baby grows and for different height door frames. The material part comprises of strong wide straps that are also adjustable and the big nappy/bag like seating area. For added security there is a nice little strap that fastens baby into the seat rather like a lap belt in a car and on ours this is blue for some reason whilst the rest of the material is yellow and cream.
We started using the frame at about 14 weeks and it is still in use at 7 months and has proven to be a popular activity that allows baby to giggle and exercise whilst mum can get on with some of her other chores. We have noticed that as he is now getting about by himself, he is not as keen as he was before he was mobile, the walk in crawler toy is much more fun now, but he does still love it for 10 minute spans and used to go in for about half an hour when he was younger and then have a nice long sleep having worn himself out.
To be cautious the clamp is always checked before popping baby into the chair and it is kept to one side of the kitchen to living room doorway. In use he soon leant to bounce and spin whilst gurgling and giggling away, my dog though took an accidental knock and kick when I was there though and it is essential to ensure that there is nothing breakable within swinging reach as they also soon learn to get a git of a swing going on it as they get bigger and more confident. One thing that has never faltered though is the door frame clamp, it has always remained steadfast.
There is a bit if a knack to popping the baby into the bouncer and it involves tucking the bouncer under your arm and putting it on a bit like trousers or a babygrow and strapping in and off they go.
We tend to clean by wiping it over with a cleaning wipe and have put the material part through the machine at the recommended 30 degrees a few times and it is a little bit of a knack to putting back together, but it refreshes well from the wash.
Price & Availability:
As mentioned we bought ours from Argos, Lindam products are widely available so worth shopping around for most convenient store or best price. Priced at around £20-£30.
A great investment that makes a change from the bouncy seat and encourages slightly older babies to use their legs, whilst mum can get on with something else for a few minutes knowing they are safe. I would highly recommend these to any young mum and believe they are an excellent investment. The giggling and squeals of joy are value enough for buying, but they help with development as well.
As a childminder, i spend my time with several children, and therefore wanted somewhere safe to put the younger children whilst checking those sleeping, changing nappies etc where they weren't going to be stood on, bumped into etc I thought this would be the ideal solution to my problem
It is compact for storage which was ideal as I didn't want it to be out when I didn't need it.
The clip design to attach it to a door is quite hard, especially if you are short, it is quite hard to open, but at least when it then clips to the wall between the clips you feel that it is definitely secure! (Which you want when putting a child in it off the floor!)
The part which the child goes in can be quite fiddly so I ended up putting my lg in it and adjusting it then sliding her in and out of it each time rather than adjusting it for every use, there are lots of Velcro attachments and clips which make you feel that the child is secure
This was good when the children were little (although they almost seemed too small, however they were still in there secure) and it provided lots of entertainment bouncing, spinning and moving around. However when they looked like they fitted it properly they were able to move around too much and ended up catching the door way ( it's a standard door and the door bouncer was positioned in the middle) but she was still able to move herself too much (this happened at about 7 months of age- she is an average child of height and weight) so after trying it on several doorways in the house we had to make the decision that it was no longer safe to be used so this is definitely something to bear in mind!
If your doorways are larger then I'm sure it would be fine!
==Lindam Door Bouncer==
The Lindam Door Bouncer was something we were lucky enough to pick up second hand for around a quarter of the normal selling price having paid only £5 for it in good condition. I have seen a lot of them for sale either online second hand or in charity shops so I would recommend having a look round as you can pick them up in really good condition too. However if you prefer to have a new one you should expect to pay around the £20 region of course depending on where you get it from. Argos stock it and will often have it on offer as do places such as Mothercare.
This door bouncer isn't for everyone however as you will have to check that you have suitable door frames for the item to fasten to, make sure that you baby can hold their head firm without support and of course is not too heavy for the bouncer. The maximum weight is around the 26 pound mark and once the child can walk this item is a no go (but I am sure the child won't want to be restricted then anyway).
The bouncer itself is a one item piece and the soft padded seat which the child sits in is already attached safely and firmly to the two weaved straps that hang from a tough plastic arm that in turn has the large robust spring mechanism and metal clamp on. There is no real setting up to talk of and the clamp of the bouncer needs to be positioned above a door frame centrally to allow the spring and seat to hang down. Once this is in place you then need to get your child into the seat and use the two Velcro straps to fasten the child in and then use the belt and clip section to make sure they are not going to come out at all.
I think that the whole item is made very well although I do find it hard to get my little boy in and out smoothly. It takes a while to get his legs in the right holes and then once he is in the seat itself to make sure his arms are in the right positions under the weaved straps. This is even more difficult as both the arms needs repositioning and the straps at the back need clipping up after he is in the bounce position so all he wants to do is get bouncing but I am trying to make sure he is in right. It is a little bit of faffing about but getting him in still only takes a couple of minutes and the look of sheer delight on his face is well worth any hassle.
He tends to like to stay in the door bouncer for around the 15 minute mark and after this time will get bored. I would never leave him alone in it and will always check that the bouncer is secure and safe to use before each time putting him in. Getting him out is a little quicker as once I pick him up he tends to wiggle his arms out anyway.
For the price that we paid this item really was worth every penny and I think even at the recommended retail price it is still a great price if you child likes it. We had something similar with my eldest child but he just didn't get the hang of using two legs at the same time to bounce in it and would get frustrated at hanging in the doorway. So again I suppose it would be a preference thing with most children and trial and error as to whether they enjoy it or not. I do know that Kai loved it and it has probably aided him so much that at 9 months he is cruising about on his walker and I don't think it will be many weeks before he is toddling around on his own (eek!)
All in all I feel that this is a great item. It gives mummy and daddy a little bit of time to be hands free with the baby and it aids in babies leg strengthening and fun play time. The price is reasonable and the item is made to a high standard. I think it is most certainly a top scoring 5 star product and I would highly recommend it to all.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
We were given our door bouncer for our baby and I'm glad it was a present and we didn't spend £30 on it as I think it would have been a waste of money.
The door bouncer is just that- it's a bouncer in the door! You basically fix it to the door and put your baby in it and your baby pushes off the ground to make it bounce.
It's a good idea in principle but it's not all that great.
It fixes to the door easily, once we had secured it to the door we then had to detangle it to ensure our baby could get in and then we struggled to get her into the harness. Her body was supported well in it, it was very sturdy and strong so we weren't concerned about her safety once in, it was just the process of getting her inside which was difficult. We had to direct her legs into the holes which was difficult with a baby who's legs refuse to bend when you want them to! We managed to get one in and then the other one was still caught up inside. It took a mixture of both myself and my wife trying to guide the legs through and the other trying to pull it through to eventually get her in!
ONce in like I said it was pretty secure. Her weight pulled down the bouncer so her feet were on the floor. She didn't really understand what to do at first but kept twizzling round and we had to keep detangling her! Eventually she got the idea and had a good bounce which she seemed to enjoy!
The process of having to lift her out was just as difficult as getting her in though! It was a two person job and so was very fiddly trying to lift her out without getting her caught up in the harness and straps!
I think it is a good idea but just needs more design work carried out on the actual structure of it!
Our baby was entertained in it for a while so it did free up our hands plus it helps to strengthen her leg muscles and helps to get her used to being in this upright position which is good for when she is walking.
It was just abit too time consuming getting her in and out and so my wife and I wouldn't want to try to attempt putting her in it on our own!
It looked okay though, nice and colourful with big stars on in red and blue which was nice instead of just pink things so that was a nice change!
I wouldn't really recommend one unless you get one for a good deal really or if you have five pairs of hands and a lot of patience!!
One of my fondest memories of being small was remembering my baby brother in their door bouncers. It was one of those things that I knew I always wanted to have when I had my own children. I must admit I thought by the time I had children that it might be one of those things that no longer exists due to some silly safety precaution, so I was very excited when I realised they were still sold.
I went for the Lindam baby bouncer for no other reason really other than the price, it was one of the cheapest available. It is very easy to install and has just a large spring loaded clip and goes either side of the door frame. It is suitable for most door frames. You can adjust the height of it so it can grow with your baby. You baby is securely fastening in to it with both a velcro fastener and then a clip.
My son very much enjoyed bouncing around it this. He did get a bit over excited and on many occasions I though he was going to bounce in to the door frame but in actual fact he never did. I have just started using it with my daughter, but now on a far smaller door frame as we have moved and she has not bounced in to the door frame either.
The bouncer rotates 360 degrees so your baby can spin all around and not be restricted.My main issue with this is getting the baby in and out. It is really difficult. I read through many of the previous reviews to see if anyone had detailed how they did it to see if there was an easier way!! You need more than one person ideally to try and get the baby in and out, making sure their arms are in the right place. It is also difficult to get them out as its hard to get your hands in under the babys arms to lift them out. I remember seeing a Tigger on for sale which looked like you just plonked the baby in it (like in a jumperoo seat). So I wish I had bought that one, but I did not want to buy a new one for our second child so I stuck with the Lindam one.
It seems very safe and it is good fun. It can be used from around 4 months old and will give a good few months worth of fun. I think I paid about £15 for it which is a good price for the product. So in summary it is a good product but I have to rate in down as it is not very easy to use.
I bought one of these bouncers for my first baby years ago. I had seen them advertised and they looked fun.
It is a reasonably priced bouncer and is very simple to fit it basically just attaches to the top of your door frame.
I have to admit I was slightly nervous at first just hanging my baby onto the doorframe and letting go! Maybe that's just a first time mum worry! There was certainly no need for me to be worried the bouncer is very safe and is great fun.
The spring which attaches to the door is very strong and it grips tightly onto the frame. The baby is fastened into the holder below by Velcro and a clip as well so they are really safe, the fasteners adjust so can be moved as your baby grows.
The bouncer can then turn 360 degrees so they can face any way they want and it will bounce up and down as the baby moves its legs. Both the clip that holds the baby in place and the height that the baby is off the ground can be adjusted so it does last the baby a long time.
The baby bouncer is very simple to use and it has never left any marks on the walls when I have used it. It can be easily stored and does not take up much space at all.
Purchasing the bouncer
The bouncer is now available all over you can get it online, its available in Argos, toys r us, you can even now get it in some supermarkets ive seen it in both Tesco and Asda. The prices are anything from £20 to around £35 depending on where you buy it and what offers they have on. If you wait for the Asda or Tesco baby event you will be able to get one reasonably cheap then.
When can the bouncer be used....
The bouncer can be used from as soon as the baby is able to hold its head up unaided. It can last until the baby is 12kg so will definitely outlast when you need it as it shouldn't be used once the baby can walk or move around the furniture holding on.
All of my 3 children have loved using the bouncer. It is a good alternative to the usual baby bouncer chairs or from having the baby lying on a mat, it means they can look around and be more involved in what is going on which mine always seem to like.
Once they figure out they can actually make it bounce is when the fun really starts my children used to give out screams of delight and excitement as they made it bounce up and down much to my amusement!
I would definitely recommend this door bouncer it's great and very easy to use and im sure your baby will love it! I think that it helped all my 3 children develop their leg muscles and build strength.
I found that using the bouncer can keep the baby entertained if you need to get any quick jobs done because they can be in the same room as you and having fun too without you having to actually entertain them.
As I work from home now I have been looking after my little nephew quite a lot over the last 8 months or so and he is just a little bundle of joy (if he wasn't, I probably wouldn't offer to look after him so much!). Although I've done a lot of babysitting in the past and was actually a primary teacher for a while too I didn't have much experience of looking after a baby in my own home whilst trying to carry out my daily chores at the same time and hadn't really appreciated what a task it would be!
Enter the Lindam door bouncer - or Jump About, as they call it. There's only so long you can hold a baby for and keep him occupied yourself, especially if you're trying to wash up or do some ironing or get dinner started at the same time and I remembered my brother being in one of these when he was little (or remember seeing photos of it anyway) and decided to hunt one down. Lindam is a fairly well known brand in the baby market so they seem to be quite widely available (and you can pick yourself up a bargain on eBay, although I didn't think of that at the time) and I actually got mine through my Next directory for £20. Ordering this way can also incur delivery charges but I always get mine delivered to store for free then get my husband to pick it up on his way home from work as he has to pass it anyway.
The bouncer comes in a box about nine inches wide, seventeen high and four deep and has a picture alomost identical to the one shown above except it's a different baby. The box tells us that Lindam have been making baby products for over 20 years, that the bouncer can be used up to 12kg, has been tested to one million bounces and can be washed at thirty degrees (the fabric part, not the plastic bits, obviously!). It also tells us that it comes complete with a strong and secure door frame clamp and has adjustable shoulder straps and dual safety fastening.
Our bouncer is just like the one in the picture except that the straps on ours seem to be quiet a bit darker blue than the one shown. I think it's quite a gender neutral bouncer but if you have a baby girl and like her to be really girly then it probably wouldn't suit you.
The bouncer clamps easily to internal door frames (it's not supposed to be used on external doors) and the guidelines given on the box say that the walls must be at least 10cm thick but no more than 17cm and that the clamp should only be attached to permanent, secure architrave at last 1.5cm wide on each side. Having said all that I don't think anybody looking after a baby would be foolish enough to attach this to something that wasn't a permanent fitting or secure structure.
The clamp is easy to fit to the door frame and does feel nice and sturdy so reassuringly strong. My 6 foot 5 husband can do it much more easily than I can but I find that I have to stand on a stool to attach it properly. From this then hangs a large spring which in turn it attached to the piece of fabric strip (I'm sure there's a technical word for it but I can't seem to bring it to mind at the moment) that attaches to the coathanger like frame for the bouncer. The strip between the spring and the frame is adjustable so you can change the height of the bouncer. The straps that hang from the frame to the seat are also adjustable. These are both coloured blue, whilst the seat part is a nice yellow colour. There's also another blue strap which fastens behind baby, securing them in the seat better.
I have been putting James in this since he was about 5 months old (I suspect he could probably have gone in it even younger, but that was the age he was when I first bought the bouncer) and - as he was quite late to crawling although he did master quite a funky commando style manouvre instead! - he has used it every time he's come to visit until very recently when he suddenly got much more mobile and went from crawling to walking in about 10 days! But it did last him a good 6 months before he started being unhappy to be confined to it and wanted to be more involved in what was going on.
Whenever he was in it though he absolutely loved it and either giggled happily or screamed with joy every time he was in it from start to finish. It turned out not to be such a great invesment in terms of me being able to get other stuff done while he was in it because invariably I'd end up just sitting watching him enjoying himself! He didn't like being in it for huge lengths of time as he, like most babies, has a short attention span and gets bored easily, but he would happily sit bouncing for ten or fifteen minutes at a time.
In use I was never worried that the bouncer itself wouldn't stand up to his bouncing and kicking around and the clasp always remained strong on the door frame. Some other minor issues I found with it though were that, firstly, I had to make sure that the immediate area around him was clear as he could sometimes build up a bit of a swing and a spin and secondly, as both of the door frames I hung it from were above wooden floors I always threw his blanket down underneath as well for some padding for his little feet. That could just have been me being overly paranoid and totally unnecessary but for peace of mind, especially with somebody elses baby, I think it was worth doing.
Whilst this was in use it stayed out as we have a double open doorway between the living room and dining room so it could just be put to one side of that out of the way. Now he's outgrown it, however, it has gone neatly back in its box and put away in the cupboard for any future nieces or nephews to use when they visit. I washed the seat, as it recommends, in a cool wash before I put it away and it came out fine, although it took some drying as I didn't want to tumble dry it. I also frequently used a damp cloth to wipe down the whole unit when it was in frequent use, so it's very easy to keep clean.
The only slight niggle I had when using this was that it is definitely much easier to get James into it when there's someone else there to hold the bouncer steady. When it was just me it could be quite a fiddle and I often found myself contortioning into some precarious yoga position and trying to hold it steady with my foot whilst balancing on another foot and trying to get James into it that way. Until I realised that if I just sat on a dining chair in front of it it was a much easier task!
All in all I have been very happy with our Lindam Jump About and I think for the price I paid it was an excellent investment. It has had a good 6 months of use and has been safely stored away for further use in future by new babies. It's secure and sturdy and never once caused any concern in regards to its safety and little baby James absolutely LOVED being in it. His sqeals of joy were testiment to that and it was extremely satisfying to watch him bouncing around in it gurgling happily away.
I'm struggling to know how to rate this as it did have a few little niggly things, but they were mostly due to lack of experience on my part with things like this so I can't really blame the bouncer itself so I think, on reflection, I'm going to be awarding it the full five stars.
We purchased the lindham door bouncer for £25 from argos. We only really got it as we had a £25 gift card for Christmas and didn't want anything else. So we thought even if she doesn't enjoy it we haven't wasted anything. I have recently seen them in Asda and Morrisons for around £10. Which, in my opinion, is a complete bargain!
The lindham door bouncer can be used from when your baby can support his own head up until 12kg. The one I have features a red seat and blue straps. Nice bold primary colours for your baby to enjoy. This is so simple to use, no set up required. You can literally take it straight out of the box and hang it on the door frame. It hangs via a sturdy metal clamp that fits over almost any door frame. We have tested this product in various peoples houses and they all have different thickness door frames and it has worked in all of them. On the front of the box it says it has been tested to one million bounces. This gives excellent peace of mind.
Getting baby into the harness is a bit tricky, I cannot do it alone as once she is in there she is dangling rather precariously without the straps being done and I would need to take my hands off her to do them up. I don't think this a design flaw though, in fact just the opposite. If it's that hard to get her in then she's not going to just fall out.
My daughter absolutely loves bouncing in this contraption. She loves to feel her feet and finds it hilarious when she spins herself. It amuses her for about half an hour at a time. She's a joy to watch in it exploring how to make herself bounce and spin so it amuses me and my husband for the same length of time. Once she's finished it's a bit tricky getting her out again because of the above mentioned problem but the difficulties are a small price to pay for the sheer joy she gets out of this.
This bouncer wont be for everyone, my mother point blank refuses to have Amelia in it at her house. She doesn't think something that hangs from the door can be safe. All in all I would highly recommend this product, my daughter loves it. It's easily one of her favourite toys. Even at the £25 we paid, I think it's a great price as it will last her a while. If you can pick one up for a tenner even better! I am only giving it 4 stars as gettin bay in and out is difficult
Our 7 month old daughter had a whale of a time in the Lindam Door Bouncer!
Admittedly she was a little scared of it at first, having never been in one before, but once she was strapped in and bouncing away she was in her absolute element. It is a great bit of kit to keep babies amused and the best part is your arms aren't worn out from being the one bouncing them! It also leaves you free to tidy up or just have a rest, whatever you want to do, provided of course you're still keeping an eye on the little one.
There are a few downsides to this product, I found. It made a really loud squeak every time it bounced, which was rather annoying. Also, I found it really difficult to get my daughter into it without a lot of fussing around and tears from her. It's fine if there's 2 of you, one to hold the bouncer open and one to put the child into it. Also, there were a few occasions where she was close to hitting the door frame which was worrying, but I'm not sure if that was down to something we were doing wrong or if it's just a flaw of the product.
Overall, this is a great fun way to entertain your child and I would recommend trying it, just have a little patience.
Once my twin boys got to around 5 months old they became very demanding and wanted entertained constantly. Although they were happy to sit in their bouncing seats and play with toys they wanted to be upright and like to feel they were standing. When on my own with two babies it was simply not possible to hold two babies in this way nor way it practical as carrying my boys around was starting to hurt my back. So when a friend suggested a door bouncer toy I decided to buy the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer.
***Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer***
The Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer is described as "as much fun for parents to watch as it is for children to use". The door bouncer attaches to an internal door frame by a large clamp. A large spring is attached to the clamp which then has what looks like a large yellow plastic clothes hanger attached to this top section. Attached to the plastic hanger are two cords straps which are attached to a washable fabric "saddle" where your baby fits into. This is padded and adjustable for babies of a different size and the straps which are attached to the hanger aare also height adjustable depending on the height of your baby.
Lindam claim the product has been tested to "1 million bounces". The bouncer is suitable for a baby to use once they can fully support its head unaided and for a maximum weight of 12kgs (26lbs).
The Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer is widely available and is sold by retailers including Argos, Mothercare, Babies R Us, Tesco Direct and Asda. The RRP for the bouncer is £19.99. The price varies between retailers however we purchased this toy for £14.99 from Asda during their Baby Event. I felt for £15 this was extremely reasonable, especially as static bouncing activity station toys were priced around £70+ .
As new parents when we purchased the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer it did seem quite a frightening concept that we essentially would be hanging our children up via a contraption connected to our doorframe so Mr Lools and I studied the instructions that came with the bouncer very carefully to ensure we fitted the product correctly. The instructions that came with the bouncer are clear and easy to follow although when we took the bouncer out of the packaging for the first time it did look quite a strange "toy".
What holds the bouncer to the door frame is the large metal clamp which looks very much like a large metal claw (think of the machines you put coins into to win teddy bears). This sprung clamp opens up when pulled and the arms fit on either side of your door frame gripping the wall, and the doorframe on either side of the wall holds the clamp in place. It is surprisingly easy to fit and can be done in a matter of minutes however I found at 5ft 5 in height I required a chair to stand on to reach our door frame. The clamp arms are quite heavily sprung so it does take some force to prise them apart to fit over the door frame but I did feel confident that the clamp was secure. Lindam do state that the bouncer should only be fitted "in internal door ways only the door frame must have a permanent secure architrave at least 1.5 (0.5 inches) wide. Wall must be at least 10cm (4 inches) thick and no more than 17cm (6.75 inches)"
Once clamped onto the doorframe the bouncer is almost ready to use. On the first use you will need to adjust the straps on either side of the hanger section so that the bouncer is the correct height for your baby to reach the floor once inside of the saddle. This is very easy to do and adjust and it's a simple case of sliding the straps in the same way you would to adjust a handle on a bag. To remove the door bouncer you simply pull the clamp arms apart wider than your door frame and it comes off. The bouncer will not come off on its own and you do need to use quite a lot of force to open the clamp arms wide enough to remove. You do need to take care to ensure you open the arms of the clamp wide enough otherwise the metal arms will dent wooden doorframes and I managed to chip and put marks in our doorframe on the occasions I did not open the clamp enough.
Once you have adjusted the bouncer to the correct height you are ready to put your baby inside the saddle. On the first attempt I did find this quite awkward as you need to slide you baby through the leg holes so they are held inside of the saddle. This is quite difficult as your baby wriggles and the bouncer swings away from you although with a bit of practice it does become easier. Once inside the baby is held in because their legs are inside of the saddle so they are held like they are in a padded harness. You then secure your baby further by using the Velcro straps on the side of the saddle harness which then holds them in at the sides securely and you can adjust the correct size. Your baby is then ready to bounce.
We started using the bouncer at 5 months old for both of my boys. At this age both my boys could hold their head supported and liked to be in an upright position so I felt they were ready to use this style bouncer. It will be based upon individual babies when they are ready to use this type of toy; some it may be from 4 months old others it could be from 6 months old. At this age although my boys found the toy fun, we did limit use to 15 minutes at a time which seemed to be the general advice given by my health visitor as babies muscles and limbs are not strong enough to be using for long periods of time.
At 5 months old my boys were small babies both weight and height wise but my first surprise was that they could not reach the floor in the bouncer even on the lowest setting. I was slightly disappointed with this however we found putting two changing mats underneath their feet worked until they had grown a few centimetres so they were able to touch the floor properly. By around 6 and a half months old they were able to reach the floor themselves however I was very disappointed that the bouncer did not cater for smaller babies considering it was an adjustable product.
Entertainment wise, both my boys really liked the door bouncer. They liked all bouncer type toys and baby walkers which I put down to them being very active children, even now as toddlers they have a preference for toys they can run with or bounce on. I think it is dependent on the individual baby as I have heard some babies hate door bouncers where other love them. At 5 months old when my boys first started using the bouncer they both would only bounce lightly and a lot of the time I found I would help them and encourage them to bounce. After a few weeks of use they had fully grasped the concept of bouncing and would spend their time trying to bounce as hard as they could which created a lot of giggles. When baby bounces the door bouncer at the top where the main clamp and spring is does make some noise, and was a lot louder than I expected it to be.
This was fun to watch however by 6 months old I started to feel extremely nervous as even though we had used on a wide door (we lived in a house with wider than average doors and had to buy specialist doors) my boys were getting very close to the door frame. I never left my boys unattended when in the bouncer but when you have two babies I often found myself having to take my eyes off the baby in the bouncer for a few seconds. After seeing how close my sons could bounce to the door frame I did not feel comfortable leaving them in the bouncer whilst I was doing nappy changes etc. We also owned a static bouncing activity station (a Fisher Price Jumperoo) and I felt a lot happier and confident that my child was safe inside of this and could turn my back or feed the other child whilst they were inside of this, whereas with the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer I just felt nervous the entire time my sons were inside of the bouncer. At almost 7 months old one of my sons did managed to hit the door frame (luckily the bump to the head was more of a shock than an injury) and after this time play time in the bouncer was very limited. The more fun a baby is having in the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer and the higher they jump it can cause the bouncer to spin around so you need to be at arm's reach to ensure they stay away from the door frame as they bounce about so manically!
We stopped using the toy at around 8 months old. Lindam suggest the bouncer is so longer suitable once children can walk and cruise along furniture unaided but from the experience I had and when I spoke to other parents, babies usually let you know when they are bored of this toy. At 8 months old both my boys had completely lost interest in the bouncer and because they were able to crawl and had become mobile, the concept of being static and in one place frustrated them. One of my boys would cry if even placed near the bouncer and my other son would go in the bouncer for a minute or so then scream to be out and he preferred to be let loose on the floor to make his own way around and find his own entertainment. My boys were nowhere near the maximum weight range at this age and I feel most babies are likely to lose interest or developmentally not be suitable for the bouncer before they reach the maximum weight range and "outgrow" the door bouncer.
Durability wise our door bouncer is in very good condition. The yellow fabric saddle is light and looks like it could become stained however because it can be put in a washing machine it is very easy to keep clean. One of my boys was sick whilst in the bouncer however after popping in the washing machine, all marks and smells of this incident could not be traced! The saddle can easily be wiped if you get small marks on the fabric however I found my boys only tended to really drool when they were in the bouncer as they were never given food or drinks when inside of it.
This was not the worst baby equipment purchase we made and we did get some use out of the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer however it did not live up to my expectations and I probably would not recommend it as an "essential" baby item or toy.
What I liked about the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer was that it not only was reasonable at £15 it also was very easy to store as it is not bulky like many baby toys. When not in use it easily can fit in a cupboard or drawer and then it clips on and off a door frame without any permanent fixings. The Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer is fun for a baby and my boys both got a lot of enjoyment bouncing up and down which tired them out and meant I got 5 minutes peace when they fell asleep.
Personally, despite being bulky, the static baby bouncer toys like the Fisher Price Jumperoo or the Baby Einstein Activity station are in my experience are more fun for babies that like to bounce and as a parent make you feel less nervous and do not require constant supervision in the same way a door bouncer does. Although I never left my boys in their static bouncer unattended I felt I could turn my back for 30 seconds and knew they were safe, whereas with the door bouncer I felt very uneasy and could not really take my eyes off them.
A bouncing baby toy that may leave parents a nervous wreck!
This was one of my favourite purchases for my daughter and one of hers too. They cost approximately £25 from new at stores like Mothercare Tesco and Argos. I picked mine up at a sale for £2.
Now maybe I was a bit dim that I never got my son one as a baby and initially said i couldn't get my daughter one but I was under the silly impression that it was fixed to a doorway and seeing as all doorways were in use it would be in the way, it was only when I saw it properly that realised that was not the case.
It can be taken now and moved at any time as it has two metal arms with rubber stops on the end that grip over the door frame very firmly. The only way it could fall down is if you prise the arms apart, it can't slip down as the door ledge is there.
The baby sits comfortable and secure in the seat which is a wrap round Velcro fastening style. Also a safety clip like you have on buggies.
The guidelines state these are suitable from 3 to 15 months old or once they can hold their heads up themselves. You can adjust the straps for the height so as they get bigger it can still be the same level from the floor, they need their feet just touching the floor so they can push themselves to bounce.
Now my daughter loved hers and I found it very handy to put on the kitchen doorway so she could watch what I was up to as our previous kitchen was too small to fit in highchair. She would bounce and manage to twist herself round in it and loved to giggle away in it. I was not able to get a good picture of her in it as they were blurry from her constant moving.
The seat is machine washable and came undone easily to allow me to do so.
Maximum weight of baby should be no more then 26lb, I'd not risk putting a baby much more then 20lb in it myself really as it is the strength of door frame to consider.
I have one issue with this bouncer that caused a worry and that was on occasions she would manage to go side ways inside of up and down and bumped her head on door frame.
Actually two issues, just remembered how tricky it could be trying to put her into it. trying to get the legs into right place while holding her then doing it up to make her secure. The person I got it from did say the best way to put them in was lay it down first but I found you then had a hanging baby while you had to move it into the position of door way and didn't feel comfortable doing it that way. We often found it so much easier having two of us to put her in so one could guides her legs into place.
Please comment if you found this tricky or had a better way to put them into it...
Several family members and friends reccomended I get a door bouncer for my son for when he was about 6 months old as they all told me they were greatly entertaining for babies and most of their experiences with them that they told me about, involved their babies spending literally hours in their bouncers and so they were able to get lots done such as housework etc.
They certainly seemed popular enough and had glowing reviews so I thought it would be a brilliant idea to buy one. Lindam is the most popular manufacturer of babies Door Bouncers that I know of so I popped out to Mothercare to buy a Door Bouncer for my son who was almost 6 months old. There were a variety of different coloured Bouncers available ranging from blue, orange, yellow, pink, red etc. there was a Special edition Lindam Door bouncer available for a discounted price of £15 instead of the normal £25 price tag so I bought that one, it was red with blue coloured stars all over it and it was pretty much exactly the same design as the other bouncers so it definetely seemed a bargain buy compared to the rest.
Door Bouncers are reccomended only for babies who can hold their own heads up unaided, otherwise they shouldn't yet be used. My son was more than capable at doing this so I knew he was ready for the door bouncer. The bouncer was already assembled in the box so we didn't have to spend anytime putting it together which was good, the bouncer then clipped to the top of the door fram easily and it did feel very secure so I wasn't worried about it falling down when my baby was in it. Hanging from the top of the bouncer is a metal spring which is the bouncing mechanism. Then attached to the spring is a long coloured fabric which attaches to a plastic bar which is shaped like a coat hanger and that is where the seat hangs from.
The seat was easy to get my baby into as there were adjustable velcro straps and even a buckle to keep my baby in securely. The seat is padded for comfort but I have to admit I still didn't think my son looked particularly comfortable in it and I was worried about it leaving marks on his legs. The seat is washable which is handy if it does get grubby. The seat is also height adjustable and we did have to adjust the height for my son as his feet were nowhere near the floor, which I was surprised at because he is quite a tall baby. When his feet weren't touching the floor he just sort of hung in mid air not really knowing what to do and I expected that once I'd adjusted the height and his feet touched the ground, that he would start bouncing away. But he did not seem bothered about being in the bouncer at all and certainly had no intention of bouncing himself.
I tried bouncing him up and down myself hoping that he would get the idea and start doing it himself, but whenever I stopped he still just sat there not moving! I did notice that the seat is perfectly capable of swinging about quite a lot and therefore in my eyes there is a huge risk of the baby hitting the sides of the door frame and really hurting themself, so I wasn't happy with the safety of the door bouncer and I certainly wouldn't of left him to play in it without me being there. So the advice given to me to buy the bouncer so I could get on with a few chores while he played in it, turned out to be pretty useless advice.
The results of this door bouncer weren't what I was expecting at all, maybe my son just didn't get it? He now has a Fisher Price Jumperoo which he loves bouncing in and I feel he is a lot safer in that. I wouldn't really reccomend these door bouncers as I really do think that they are a bad accident waiting to happen and also because my son didn't get any enjoyment from it.
They are only reccomend for a baby weighing up to 12kg (26lbs).
This a really good item to have for your baby.
I paid £20 for it which I think is excellent value for money as my son really enjoyed being in this door bouncer. It attached to the door very easily and just clipped over the frame but felt very secure so I was never worried about it falling off.
The only problem with it I found is that it was quite difficult to get my son into it when I was on my own as it is much easier if there are two of you because when I tried to get him in I had to hold him and get his legs through the holes and then kept hold of him while I velcroed the straps and fastened it.
I think it is great fun once they are in though. When I first put my son in he didn't really know what to do in it so just moved about himself a little bit and I had to bounce him in it but then after a few goes in it he learnt to bounce and he was swinging himself about and bouncing in it. He was always laughing and smiling when he was in it so it definately gets a thumbs up from me because of that.
The only word of warning I would give with this is that when my son got a bit more confident in using it I really had to keep an eye on him because he could easily have banged his head on the doorframe as it does swing and bounce about quite a lot and he would have hurt himself if he did this so it does definately need to be used with caution.
I think we only used it for about 3 months before we decided he was too big for it and would hurt himself on the doorframe so it didn't last him very long but it is still in perfect condition so it will be used for more children.
I brought this Lindam Door Bouncer to keep at my house for my 2 Godchildren who are 6 months (one is 7 days older then the other). I brought it reduced to £3.50 in Asda and thought it would be a nice thing to have for the babies to let off some energy and strengthen their little legs. I know as a nursery nurse it is important for babies to strengthen their limbs and not lay flat on their head 24/7. (This can cause horrible flat spots ect) My beautiful Goddaughter was the first to try out this bouncer and I can say she absolutely loved it. She instantly knew what too do and made a jumping motion with her legs getting excited each time she knew she was touching the floor. She also found out if she swings her weight the bouncer will turn into a swing , this is some thing she loved and actively done until I got her out. I felt secure with her being in it in my care because the harness is spacious and is secured around the babies torso. I also like how you can adjust the straps as your baby grows and how secure the metal brackets feel when you close them round the door frame (a easy process taking no more then 3 minutes to set up) The only slight downfall (which is probably a bit of paranoia on my part) is I am worried I will bump the babies heads against the plastic strap frame of again the door grams if the bouncer swings whilst trying to put the baby in. I have found if one person holds the baby and harness you can actually secure the adjustable straps to the strap frame without it moving about or bumping the babies head. Obviously parents/carers will be able to find a way that suit them and their baby as its important for the baby not to be unsettled nervous as you put them in in case it frightens them being in there. Overall a good product and also easy to store (fits back in its flat shapes box easily) and can be stored under and behind sofas, tv cabinets ect.
The Lindam Bounce About door bouncer is easy to assemble, height adjustable and has a fully adjustable, washable saddle.